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what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring
 

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husna said:
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring

I don't know a technical term for that.
 

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Contrast is as close as I can come.

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husna said:
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring

Antithesis? ;-)
 
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husna said:
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring
that is alliteration - when 2 opposite words are in the same sentence, e.g. 'As Hell's from Heaven'.
 

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husna said:
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring

Antithesis? ;-)

That looks like it to me.

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husna said:
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring
that is alliteration - when 2 opposite words are in the same sentence, e.g. 'As Hell's from Heaven'.

I have some examples of alliteration in some of my more recent rhymes. Go to: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1579

(Note that "more recent rhymes" is itself an example of alliteration.)

 

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husna said:
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring
that is alliteration - when 2 opposite words are in the same sentence, e.g. 'As Hell's from Heaven'.

Whereas ‘Hell’ and ‘Heaven’ may be regarded as an example of alliteration*, antinomy and antonymy, ‘fearful’ and ‘reassuring’ are just ‘loosely contrasted words’.
* alliteration (Latin: ad + littera = letter), called also head rhyme or initial rhyme, is a figure of speech.
‘contrast’, ‘counter-term’, ‘antithesis’, ‘antonym’, etc., are terms that express the relationship of oppositeness in meaning between words.
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husna said:
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring

I wouldn’t use the term ‘antonym’ for these two words, because they are not in a relationship of ‘true’ antonymy, (the exact opposite of ‘fearful’ is ‘fearless’.) Although the relationship between ‘fearless’ and 'reassuring' is not directly contradictory, they belong to opposite categories. In this case, I would use ‘loosely contrasted words’.

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